2009-05-22 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

Thanks to alert surfers, Rockaway's first drowning of this bathing season turned out to be non-fatal. Herb Lazar, owner of HAS Professional Inc. medical offices which until last week were at 86-07 Rockaway Beach Boulevard (in the Dayton Shopping Plaza in Rockaway Beach), was arrested last Friday, May 19, and charged with "improper handling of infectious waste material in violation of New York State's environmental conservation laws."

Orders have been issued to install "Stop Ahead" signs on the east and west sides of Beach 138 Street, on the block approaching Cronston Avenue in Belle Harbor, John M. Tipaldo, borough engineer for the Department of Transportation's Bureau of Traffic, has informed Assemblywoman Audrey I. Pheffer.

Detective Daniel Boldi of the bomb squad removed a rusty old 3.5 millimeter rocket found by two youths at Fort Tilden on Sunday, May 21.

Geoff Wohl, 18, who was arrested April 18 and charged with one count of burglary and numerous counts of criminal mischief in connection with smashing of more than 50 windshields the night of April 7-8 between Beach 127 and 142 Streets, was brought before the grand jury on Friday, May 26.

Volunteers were first on the scene, knocked down heavy fire and protected the building during an "all hands" blaze late Monday night, May 22, at 633 Cross Bay Boulevard, a dwelling set back so far from the boulevard it was down at the water's edge in Broad Channel.

Three people were injured on Monday, May 22, about 4:25 p.m., when an '86 Honda four-door sedan driven by Larry R. Stevens, 49, of Dayton Beach Park in Rockaway Beach, driving west on Shore Front Parkway, collided with an '88 Honda four-door sedan coming out 7800 Shore Front Parkway, near Beach 80 Street in Arverne.

New York City Transit Police detectives are appealing to the public for information about a man who may be responsible for as many as five unprovoked assaults (three in Rockaway, one in Ozone Park and one in downtown Manhattan) - usually with a pipe - against A line subway passengers in the last seven months.

Queens Borough President Claire Shulman presented Jeanne Scheiner of Far Rockaway with a Queens Senior Citizen of the Year Award on Tuesday, May 16.

30 Years Ago...

Far Rockaway High School's students will meet "a consortium of career representatives" on Wednesday, May 23 - a part of the school's World of Work Week.

Two Beach Channel High School students have been named to the New York City All City High School Band. Patricia Cohen and Scott Glash, the two named, will perform in the annual New York City All City High School Band at Carnegie Hall on Friday evening May 25.

Beach Channel High School's annual Students vs Faculty basketball game will be played Monday, May 21, in the gymnasium of the school at 100-00 Beach Channel Drive.

40 Years Ago...

Sand in unprecedented quantities finds its way into stores along the Beach 116 Street ocean block when strong southwest winds blow. It seems that Curley's hotel was a windbreak, now greatly missed since it burned down.

Retired post office superintendent Tom Safonte remembers how, as a boy, he watched the NC planes take off on their trans-Atlantic flight and recalls how much Navy Brass was around, but he can't tell you in which direction the aircraft took off.

Michelle Ciotti, Rockaway's Miss NC- 4, who is a member of the Town & Country Travel Agency's staff in Far Rockaway, rode in a Navy contingent in the Armed Forces Day parade in Manhattan last Saturday.

50  Years Ago...

Hugh Gray lost none of his humor during his stay at St. Joseph's Hospital. When he picked up the phone to answer a call, his cheerful "Town & Country Club" greeting made some of his friends think for a moment that they had dialed the wrong number.

Some of the participants in the heated meeting of the Rockaway Democratic Club last week are still wearing blackand blue spots they collected in a fracas that developed when the arguments were continued in the street after the meeting.

You can never tell from appearances. Observers might have concluded that Tom Safonte had been imbibing too freely if they had seen him being carried from a local bar. He had a merely sought shelter during a sudden downpour last Friday and could not get to his car because of the water, until a friend wearing boots transported him.

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